Tuition & Fees

$12,616

$33,298

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
13%
600-699
57%
500-599
29%
400-499
1%
700-800
15%
600-699
50%
500-599
34%
400-499
1%
30-36
27%
24-29
60%
18-23
13%
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undergraduateRatios

46%

male

54%

female

1

teacher

17

students

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Moderately Selective

72%

acceptance rate

Accepted 18,811
Declined + 7,208
Total Received 26,019
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Public

26,362

undergraduate students

8,369

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Biological Sciences
  2. Nursing
  3. General Experimental Psychology
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Codes

SAT 5818
ACT 3880

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School Facts

The University of South Carolina--Columbia, founded in 1801, is a public, comprehensive university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering, Hospitality, Retail, & Sport Management, Journalism & Mass Communications, Library & Information Science, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Pharmacy, Science & Mathematics, and Social Work; through the Schools of the Environment, Law, Medicine, Music, and Public Health; and through the South Carolina Honors College. Its 351-acre campus, including a pre-Civil War area listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Columbia, in central South Carolina.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 34,731
Established in 1801
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •   CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education)
•  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  AACSB The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
•  ABA (American Bar Association)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ABGC American Board of Genetic Counseling
•  ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication)
•  ACPHA Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
•  ACS American Chemical Society
•  ALA (American Library Association)
•  APA (American Psychological Association)
•  APHE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education)
•  ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant)
•  ARC-PA Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
•  CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education)
•  CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
•  CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  CEAP Continuing Education Accreditation Program
•  CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health)
•  CoA-NA (Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs)
•  CORE Council on Rehabilitation Education
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  LCME Liaison Committee on Medical Education
•  NAECY National Association for the Education of Young Children
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASD (National Association of Schools of Dance)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)
•  NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre)
•  SACS (Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools)

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Columbia, SC

483-acre, urban campus in Columbia (population: 134,309); branch campuses in Allendale, Beaufort, Lancaster, Sumter, and Union. Served by air, bus, and train. School operates transportation to parking areas. Public transportation serves campus.

University of South Carolina — Columbia
Columbia, SC 29208

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
28 fraternities 17% of male students
 
19 sororities 35% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
28%
Top 1/4
61%
Top 1/2
91%
Bottom 1/2
9%
Bottom 1/4
1%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
13%
600-699
57%
500-599
29%
400-499
1%
700-800
15%
600-699
50%
500-599
34%
400-499
1%
30-36
27%
24-29
60%
18-23
13%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $65
(may be waived for in-state applicants in cases of financial need)
Common application accepted no
Application deadline December 1
School has early decision program no
School has early action program yes
Early action program application deadline October 15
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Not used
SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

72%

acceptance rate

Accepted 18,811
Declined + 7,208
Total Received 26,019

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Interview
Religious affiliation/commitment

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Admissions Contact

R. Scott Verzyl
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
P: 800 868-5872
F: 803 777-0101
admissions-ugrad@sc.edu

Financial Aid

71%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$9,482

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $12,216
Room $6,530
Board $3,858
Additional fees $400
Books & supplies $1,023
Total $24,027
Average Financial Aid - $9,482
Total with Avg. Aid $14,545
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 803 777-8134
F: 803 777-0941
uscfaid@sc.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Edgar Miller
Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships
ewmiller@mailbox.sc.edu

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Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cheerleading
cross-country
diving
equestrian sports
football
golf
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Intramural/Recreational Sports

Badminton, Basketball, Bench Press, Bowling, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Football, Golf, Racquetball, Soccer (indoor/outdoor), Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Tug-Of-War, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball (indoor/sand), Walleyball

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Athletic Directors

Ray Tanner (men's)
Athletic Director
email

Judy Van Horn (women's)
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Southeastern Conference (Division I level of NCAA), Conference USA (men's soccer) and Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (women's beach volleyball)
Mascot
Cocky
School colors
garnet and black

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Advanced Practice Nursing
Advertising
African-American Studies
Anthropology
Applied Art History
Applied Statistics
Art Education
Art History
Art Studio
Athletic Training
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Biological Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Sciences
Biostatistics
Broadcast Journalism
Business Administration
Business Economics
Business Education
Cardiovascular Technology
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Chinese Studies
Civil Engineering
Classics
Clinical Nursing
Clinical/Community Psychology
Communication Sciences/Disorders
Community Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing
Comparative Literature
Composition
Computer Engineering
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Computer Science/Engineering
Conducting
Counselor Education
Creative Writing
Criminology/Criminal Justice
Curriculum/Instruction
Dance
Early Childhood Education
Earth/Environmental Resources Management
Economics
Education Administration
Educational Psychology/Research
Educational Research
Educational Technology
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Elementary School Counseling
English
Environmental Health Sciences
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Epidemiology
European Studies
Exercise Science
Experimental Psychology
Film/Media Studies
Finance
Foreign Languages
Foundations of Education
French
Genetic Counseling
Geography
Geological Sciences
Geology
Geophysics
German
Gerontology
Health Care Administration
Health Education Administration
Health Nursing
Health Promotion/Education/Behavior
Higher Education Leadership
Higher Education/Student Affairs
History
Hospitality Management
Human Resources
Industrial Statistics
Information Science
Insurance/Risk Management
Integrated Information Technology
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Business
International Studies
Jazz Studies
Journalism
Journalism/Mass Communications
Language/Literacy
Latin American Studies
Law
Liberal Studies
Linguistics
Management
Management Science
Marine Science
Marketing
Mass Communications
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Media Arts
Middle Level Education
Music
Music Education
Music History
Music Theory
Nuclear Engineering
Nurse Anesthesia
Nursing
Nursing Administration
Nursing Practice
Nursing Science
Opera Theatre
Organizational Leadership
Performance
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacy
Philosophy
Physical Activity/Public Health
Physical Education
Physical Therapy
Physics
Piano Pedagogy
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Health
Public Health Administration
Public History
Public Relations
Real Estate
Religious Studies
Retailing
Risk Management/Insurance
Russian
School Health Education
School Psychology
Secondary Education
Social Studies
Social Work
Sociology
Software Engineering
Spanish
Special Education
Speech Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology
Sports/Entertainment Management
Statistics
Student Personnel Services
Studio Art
Teaching
Theatre
Tourism Management
Visual Communications
Women's Studies
Women's/Gender Studies
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Biological Sciences
  2. Nursing
  3. General Experimental Psychology

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Self-designed majors
  • Weekend College

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-theology

34,731

total students

NA%

in-state

NA%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

76%

26,362
students

Female
54%
14,154

Male
46%
12,208

24%

8,369
students

Female
61%
5,095

Male
39%
3,274

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

93%

24,772
students

Female
55%
13,453

Male
45%
11,319

7%

1,590
students

Female
45%
701

Male
55%
889

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Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
7%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Hispanic/Latino
57%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

59%

Transfer applicants accepted

72%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.20
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1

Spring: November 1

Summer: May 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

90

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

85%

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 43
Countries most often represented China
India
Mauritus
Taiwan
Turks And Caicos Islands
Vietnam
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
International student center
Other
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Frank McClary
Director of International Admissions and Recruitment
803 777-7000
mcclaryf@mailbox.sc.edu

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